The Scarlet Letter: 1-30

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abase

to degrade, to humiliate

abate

to reduce in intensity and amount

abtruse

difficult to understand, recondite, concealed

abyss

bottomless hole, a vast expanse or depth

acuity

sharpness of perception

affinity

a likeness, a natural relationship, a kinship

alacrity

prompt and cheerful response

alchemist

one who practices medieval chemistry or tries to change metals into gold

alloy

a substance that is a mixture of metals

amenable

open to or willing to follow adivce or suggestion, tractable, malleable

antipathy

a dislike, distaste or enmity

append

to add in a supplementary manner

arduous

very difficult to accomplish or acheive, very demanding (task)

ascend

to move upward, to rise from a lower station

ascetic

one who leads a life of self-denial and contemplation; absent of luxury

audacity

excessive boldness, rashness, daring

augury

an omen or prophecy

auspicious

favorable

austere

strict, stern; unadorned, ascetic

balm

a soothing substance or one that gives relief

benevolence

kindness, generosity, charity

benign

not causing harm, of gentle disposition, beneficial

betoken

to give a sign of

blighted

destroyed or caused by decline or decay

buoyant

capable of floating; cheerful

burnish

to make shiny or to polish by rubbing

calamity

a serious event causing distress or misfortune

capricious

changing suddenly, fickle

consecrate

to dedicate or to declare sacred

credible

reliable and believable

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